Implementation of The Dnipro Basin Strategic Action Program for the reduction of persistent toxics pollution


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Project ID

GEF ID 2544

Project Title

Implementation of The Dnipro Basin Strategic Action Program for the reduction of persistent toxics pollution


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Total: $6,100,000;

Sources of Financing: Global Environment Facility GEF - GEF allocation to project, $2,730,000


2008 - 2011


Second stage

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This Project Concept builds on the previous GEF investment in the Dnipro Basin, the development and country adoption of the Dnipro Basin Strategic Action Programme. As a priority, GEF support will focus on a Full-Sized Project Proposal to directly address the International Waters issue of industrial chemical pollution. The development of the Dnipro Basin Strategic Action Programme (SAP) followed on from concerns expressed in the 1990s about the progressive degradation of the Dnipro River ecosystem, particularly in the middle and lower reaches. These concerns tied in closely with those raised over the degradation of the Black Sea environment, which led to the GEF support of the Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and the Black Sea SAP. This in turn linked with the Danube SAP, now institutionally connected to the Black Sea programme through the “Strategic Partnership addressing Transboundary Priorities in the Danube/Black Sea Basin”.

The GEF project supporting the development of the Dnipro Basin SAP (Annex 4) was approved in December 1999 by the GEF Council, and became effective with inception workshop in 2001. The development of the Dnipro TDA and SAP was the result of the joint effort of the three riparian countries (Republic of Belarus, Russian Federation, and Ukraine), assisted by international executing agencies. These included UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation), IDRC (International Development Research Centre, Canada), IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). The SAP is a policy document, negotiated and endorsed by three riparian countries, to be implemented at the highest level of executive power. The SAP focuses on six transboundary priority areas for action to resolve the most urgent issues identified in the TDA: chemical pollution, modification of ecosystems, modification of the hydrological regime, eutrophication, flooding and high ground water levels, and radionuclide pollution. Of these, the first priority is industrial chemical pollution. This can be categorised as coming from two main industrial sub-sectors, the major industrial complexes, generally with their own treatment facilities, and the groups of smaller urban based industries that discharge effluents through the municipal facilities, the Vodokanals. Following a review of current donor activities and trends, it appears that major industries may be able to attract investment through other funding agencies. This leaves the more complex tasks of dealing with the large numbers of small industries that cumulatively pose major pollution threats, with the parallel concerns of financing mechanisms and regulation in a sector which is rapidly becoming more privatised. The GEF Full-Sized Project will therefore address the priority issue of industrial chemical pollution emanating from the smaller urban industries discharging waste through the Vodokanals.

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See also

  1. “Capacity Building for Development of Youth Movement to International Waters, Landscape and Biodiversity Protection”, Belarus
  2. Water supply and sanitation for local community: Ethnic conflict and water
  3. Ukraine, Human Development Report 2003
  4. UNEP - Sustainable Use of the Mesozoic Transboundary Aquifer System in the Bug River Basin (Belarus, Poland, Ukraine)
  5. Towards a Convention and Action Programme for the Protection of the Caspian Sea Environment, Phase II
  6. Tisza community-led demonstration regional project for sustainable development and integrated land and water management
  7. Tisza community-led demonstration project for sustainable development and integrated land and water management
  8. Sustainable management of shared water resources in the upper Pripyat basin
  9. Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin
  10. St. Petersburg Statement on the Aral Sea
  11. SDC - Housing scheme for migrants in Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia 2003-2005
  12. SDC - Forestry programme in Trans-Carpathia, phase III, Ukraine 2003-2005
  13. Russia, Sanitation Country Profile
  14. Russia, Freshwater Country Profile
  15. Russia SD Country Profile
  16. Restoring Depleted Fisheries and Consolidation of a Permanent Regional Environmental Governance Framework in the Caspian Sea
  17. Reforming Municipal Water Supply Systems in Rural Areas of Crimea
  18. Public Involvement and Establishing of an NGO Forum in the Kura-Aras River Basin
  19. Promoting Replication of Good Practices for Nutrient Reduction and Joint Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe
  20. Pripyat's riverside Project, Belarus
  21. Preparation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Dnipro River Basin and Development of SAP Implementation Mechanism
  23. Lessons from Community Based Approaches in Water Supply Projects for Multi-Ethnic Neighbourhoods in Crimea
  24. Joint Actions to Reduce PTS and Nutrients Pollution in Lake Baikal through integrated basin management
  25. International Black Sea Day
  26. Integrating multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains in to a trans-boundary management plan for the Tisza River Basin
  27. Integrated River Basin Management in the Prut River Basin
  28. Improving resilience of the Tisza River basin to fluctuating climatic regimes through development and adoption of a Strategic Action Programme
  29. Implementation of Urgent Recommendations of the Management Plans for Key Biodiversity Areas in Belarus
  30. Implementation of Priority Interventions of the Dnipro Basin Strategic Action Program: Chemical Industrial Pollution Reduction and The Development of Joint Institutional Arrangements
  31. HDR 2003, Human Capacity of Belarus: Economic Challenges and Social Responses
  32. Development and implementation of the Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe Basin Management Program
  33. Crimea Integration and Development Programme
  34. Control of eutrophication, hazardous substances and related measures for rehabilitating the Black Sea ecosystem
  35. Caspian Environment Programme
  36. Capacity and Community Building for Industrial Water Stewardship in the Danube/Black Sea region
  37. CEP/Grants Projects
  38. Benchmarking Workshops: A Tool for Localizing the Millennium Development Goals in Bulgaria and Russia
  39. Belarus Environmental Performance Review
  40. Assessment of Development Results Ukraine
  41. 2006 Annual Report on UN Chernobyl Coordination

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